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Borough’s historic photo archive available online

A unique photo archive documenting the history of Waltham Forest has been published online for the first time, with all photos available to order as high quality prints.

The photo archive, which is looked after by the Council-run Vestry House Museum, goes back to the 1840s and covers Walthamstow, Chingford, Leyton and Leytonstone.

It contains over 500 historic images of the borough’s streets and buildings - including landmark churches, shops and pubs - as well as portraits of local personalities and community celebrations.

The images can be searched by date, area or theme and purchased as high quality giclée prints in a variety of sizes. All proceeds from print sales will support Vestry House Museum’s programme of exhibitions, events and educational projects.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “We’re very lucky to have this incredible archive here in Waltham Forest and I’m delighted it will now reach a wider audience.

“It’s great news for researchers, local historians and residents interested in exploring the borough’s past – and with Christmas just around the corner, prints can be ordered now for a unique and personal gift.

“Furthermore, because every print purchase supports Vestry House Museum, it will help us preserve the borough’s heritage for future generations too.”

The archive can be accessed at and prints start at £8.75.

Notes to editors

For further information and images from the archive please contact Ian Mason:

020 8496 4726

07740 046143

About Vestry House Museum, Walthamstow

Vestry House Museum is the local history museum for Waltham Forest and home of Waltham Forest Archives and Local Studies Library. Set in an 18th century former workhouse in the heart of historic Walthamstow Village, the Museum tells the story of the borough through a series of permanent displays and special exhibitions. A favourite exhibit is Britain’s first petrol driven car, built by Frederick Bremer in 1892.

The Museum is owned and operated by Waltham Forest Council.

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